If Only I Were That Warrior (2015), 72 min.
Valerio Ciriaci, dir.
If Only I Were That Warrior is a feature-length documentary film focusing on the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935. Following the recent construction of a monument dedicated to Fascist General Rodolfo Graziani, the film addresses the unpunished war crimes he and others committed in the name of Mussolini’s imperial ambitions. The stories of three characters, filmed in present-day Ethiopia, Italy, and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia—a journey that crosses generations and continents to today’s United States, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their peoples.
Post-screening discussion with the director led by AnneMarie Tamis-Nasello, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY.